Good morning parents,

We are currently exploring measurement in class. Yesterday, we watched the following video.

For homework this weekend, I have asked the students to build their own hodometer, using cardboard. If you can’t find a wooden stick and a metal attachment piece, I will have these at school on Tuesday.

For a quick tutorial, fast forward to the 14:42 mark.

We will be using these hodometers next week so it is important that everyone comes prepared on Tuesday.

Thank you for your support!




Here are some pictures I took yesterday while the students were presenting their work using hands on material and iPads. The goal of this activity was to explore the relationship between division and multiplication. 

Classification of Candies

Classification of Candies


We did a fun exercise in class today using Halloween candies. Thank you for allowing your child to bring his/her candy bag to school!

In small groups, I asked the students to classify their candies using a system of their choice. It was interesting to see what each group came up with. Some chose to group their candies by manufacturers (Nestle, Mars, etc.) while other organized them according to their “food group” (chocolate, chips, lollipops, etc.).  There were other ways as well but these two methods stood out for me.

If time allows, we will continue our discussion tomorrow so that the students can share their observations & discoveries. To complement this lesson, they will also be graphing our results. This should take place on Friday or next Monday.

If you’d like to do some graphing at home as well while using a computer, this is a great website to use. Since our computer lab has been dismantled, I can’t use this site with the students anymore.

Some of the math challenges for intermediate students are:

  • finding an appropriate title (it should not be a question)
  • selecting the proper type of graph
  • remembering to add labels
  • choosing a proper interval for the graph

The following checklist should be helpful to you.

Have a great evening,


Math and MindUP

Math and MindUP

Here are some pictures I took while the students were working yesterday, using base 10 math manipulatives. The goal was to build a house, calculate the value of it, and compare its value with another classmate’s house. I’ve included at the bottom two pictures that display the students’ calculations.


In the morning, I also introduced the students to the MindUP program. We learned about various parts of the brain and what happens when we are feeling upset, sad, nervous or scared. We did a breathing exercise together and I was impressed at how respectful everyone was with each other.

This is the poster I put up in the classroom so that we can refer to it at a later time. I hope you have a chance to discuss this with your child at home as well. The chime I use for the breathing exercices can be found at Banyen Books in Vancouver, should you want to try this as home.


Thank you for your support! Yesterday I was happy to hear that many students were discussing their learning at home. A lot of them were excited to tell me about the discussion they had with you about the following expression.

Have a great day,